The One Card library project has tripled in size with 15 Scottish public library services now participating in the scheme.

The project allows library members across Scottish public library services to use their library cards in any of the participating areas.

The original scheme connected Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Highlife Highland, Angus Alive and Culture Perth & Kinross Libraries using the library management system Spydus. They have now been joined by Live Argyll, Leisure & Culture Dundee Libraries, East Lothian Libraries, East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure, Falkirk Libraries, OnFife Libraries, Inverclyde Libraries, Live Borders Libraries, Culture NL Libraries and Stirling Libraries.

Improving Access

One Card aims to encourage more people to use libraries, by removing barriers between services. Through one library management system, library users have access to millions of books and hundreds of library PCs. 

SLIC CEO Pamela Tulloch said: “One of the fundamental defining characteristics of public libraries is that they are open to everyone. No-one is turned away from a library, there is no joining fee, and anyone can use a library and its services, regardless of age and background. 

“The One Card scheme further improves access by removing barriers between services, and will hopefully encourage more people to take advantage of our public library service.”